Turkey demands US fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

Turkey demands US fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

Turkey demands US fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

President Donald Trump walks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to his auto following his visit to the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. "We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms".

Erdogan met President Trump at the White House on Tuesday, and during that meeting he made it clear that the decision to arm the group will "never be accepted". He also said that these individuals needed to be identified and charged since they violated American laws on USA soil.

Arizona Sen. John McCain, the Republican chairman of the armed services committee, called for the Turkish ambassador to the United States to be thrown out of the country on Thursday.

Police barricaded the perimeter to separate the groups.

Speaking in Istanbul two days after meeting President Donald Trump in Washington, Erdogan criticized the USA decision to ally with "terror organizations" for the long-awaited operation to capture Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group.

A video posted online showed men in dark suits chasing anti-government protesters and punching and kicking them as police intervened.

Erdogan said he warned Trump that Turkey would combat YPG if the group posed any security threat.

"It happened really fast", he said, insisting that he was trying to defend himself and to protect a police officer, not attack one.

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"The demonstrators began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President".

The U.S. sees the Syrian Kurds as its best battlefield partner on the ground in northern Syria.

U.S. officials told Ankara that the YPG would not constitute a threat for Turkey and that arms supplied by Washington would be used in Raqa and in the south, not against Turkey, Cavusoglu said.

"We intend to ensure there was accountability for anyone who was involved in this assault", he said, while acknowledging that diplomatic immunity may hamper that quest.

Washington and Ankara are bitterly at odds over U.S. support for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Syria, which Turkey considers a front for banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) separatists.

The PKK is listed by both Washington and Ankara as a terrorist organization.

Turkey's official Anadolu state news agency reported that protesters were chanting anti-Erdoğan slogans as the president entered the residence after meeting Donald Trump to discuss the fight against Islamic State militants.

Erdogan said he told the United States that Turkey could not be part of the operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State because of the participation of the YPG.

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